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Record No: CB 120155    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 120155
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 10/4/2021
Ordinance No: Ord 126456
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to land use and zoning; amending the Comprehensive Plan to change the name of Single Family areas to Neighborhood Residential areas as part of the 2020-2021 Comprehensive Plan amendment process.
Sponsors: Teresa Mosqueda, Dan Strauss
Attachments: 1. Att 1 - Amendments to the Land Use Element, 2. Att 2 - Amendments to the Housing Element, 3. Att 3 - Amendments to the Parks and Open Space Element, 4. Att 4 - Amendments to Neighborhood Plans v2, 5. Att 5 - Amendments to the Housing Appendix, 6. Att 6 - Amendments to the Future Land Use Map, 7. Att 4 - Amendments to Neighborhood Plans
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff Memo, 3. Amendment 1, 4. Inf. 1855 - Proposed Amendment for "Neighborhood Residential Areas", 5. Signed Ordinance 126456, 6. Affidavit of Publication

CITY OF SEATTLE

ORDINANCE __________________

COUNCIL BILL __________________

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AN ORDINANCE relating to land use and zoning; amending the Comprehensive Plan to change the name of Single Family areas to Neighborhood Residential areas as part of the 2020-2021 Comprehensive Plan amendment process.

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WHEREAS, before 1923, The City of Seattle allowed a mix of housing types and scattered businesses in Seattle’s neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, in 1923, The City of Seattle adopted its first land use code, which prohibited multifamily structures and boarding houses in areas where they had previously been permitted; and

WHEREAS, since 1923, The City of Seattle zoned some areas with existing multifamily buildings and commercial uses to single-family zoning; and

WHEREAS, as a result, Seattle’s Single Family zones frequently include a mix of land uses, a condition that is not reflected in the term Single Family; and

WHEREAS, 54 percent of Seattle parcel area is zoned Single Family; and

WHEREAS, a similar portion of the City is designated as “Single Family Areas” on the Future Land Use Map; and

WHEREAS, in 2018, the Seattle Planning Commission (SPC) published “Neighborhoods for All,” which recommended changing the name of Single Family zones to Neighborhood Residential because “[t]he label of ‘Single Family Zone’ is a misnomer, as individuals and roommates can live in a house together without being a family”; and

WHEREAS, the SPC found that “[c]hanging the name of the zone to Neighborhood Residential would more accurately reflect the character of the zone, while not suggesting only families can live there”; and

WHEREAS, in 2019, in Resolution 31870, the City Council first called for the name of “Single Family” areas to be changed to “Neighborhood Residential”; and

WHEREAS, in 2019 and 2020, Resolutions 31896 and 31970, repeated the call to change the name of single-family areas; and

WHEREAS, changing the name of Single Family areas in the Comprehensive Plan is a step toward the City’s plans and regulations reflecting the array of housing types and land uses found in Seattle’s single family areas;

WHEREAS, changing the name of Single Family areas in the Comprehensive Plan is intended to better reflect the existing character and range of activities permitted in those areas, and is not intended to have a substantive effect on the uses permitted in those areas; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. The Seattle Comprehensive Plan, last amended by Ordinance 126186, is amended as follows:

A. Amendments to the Land Use Element, as shown in Attachment 1 to this ordinance;

B. Amendments to the Housing Element, as shown in Attachment 2 to this ordinance;

C. Amendments to the Parks and Open Space Element, as shown in Attachment 3 to this ordinance;

D. Amendments to Neighborhood Plans; as shown in Attachment 4 to this ordinance;

E. Amendments to the Housing Appendix, as shown in Attachment 5 to this ordinance;

F. Amendments to the Future Land Use Map, as shown in Attachment 6 to this ordinance.

Section 2. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force 30 days after its approval by the Mayor, but if not approved and returned by the Mayor within ten days after presentation, it shall take effect as provided by Seattle Municipal Code Section 1.04.020.

Passed by the City Council the ________ day of _________________________, 2021, and signed by me in open session in authentication of its passage this _____ day of _________________________, 2021.

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President ____________ of the City Council

Approved / returned unsigned / vetoed this ________ day of _________________, 2021.

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Jenny A. Durkan, Mayor

Filed by me this ________ day of _________________________, 2021.

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Monica Martinez Simmons, City Clerk

(Seal)

 

Attachments:

Attachment 1 - Amendments to the Land Use Element

Attachment 2 - Amendments to the Housing Element

Attachment 3 - Amendments to the Parks and Open Space Element

Attachment 4 - Amendments to Neighborhood Plans

Attachment 5 - Amendments to the Housing Appendix

Attachment 6 - Amendments to the Future Land Use Map